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Explore the images and concepts generated in 'Porphyria's Lover'

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Explore the images and concepts generated in 'Porphyria's Lover' * Brief summary of each section * Detailed analysis of pictures of Porphyria * Detailed analysis of pictures of the lover * Detailed analysis of symbolic significance 'Porphyria's Lover', written in the 19th Century and Robert Browning's very first dramatic monologue, is told by a madman in the process of murdering his lover by strangling her with her own hair, which he does so that she can be his forever and will be in an eternal state of love. The first five lines of the poem set a gloomy and scary scene; this evokes an angry and spiteful atmosphere. With a raging storm going on, it whips the lake and we gather that this is a monologue, with the use of "I" and being told from first person. In the second stage of the poem we are introduced to Porphyria and the caring and warm atmosphere she brings with her, there is a romantic mood within the cottage where most of the poem is set. From the third part we get an insight into Porphyria's character and her provocative nature, we see how the lover seeks attention from Porphyria and lets her control him. ...read more.

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Vainness is an image found within the poem of Porphyria, but only if you look at it in a deeper meaning: "In one yellow string I wound three times her little throat around, and strangled her." The lover tells us how he strangled and killed Porphyria with her hair as he wound it around her throat. "Little throat" suggests that Porphyria was elegant and graceful; this could also reflect that Porphyria was vain, and after all, she died in vain too... Porphyria's lover shows signs that he is an over reactive person, very melodramatic: "Too set its struggling passion free" The lover describes how Porphyria is too weak, he expects her to only love him in an over reactive way. The use of "struggling" emphasises how the lover feels about Porphyria and how he heightens the situation to himself, also the use of "set" and "free" as a metaphor makes the reader feel as though her passion is something locked up. The lover also displays an obsessive nature of himself: "That moment she was mine, mine..." From the quote we can gather that he feels she is his, as if a child has a toy, he is obsessed with her and her love. ...read more.

Conclusion

Anger could be another; the lover may feel anger and fury toward Porphyria which mixes in with his love for her as she has other lovers too. The soiled gloves Porphyria owns, to which she puts down, can show she has finished with being dirty or unfaithful to the lover in this poem: "And laid her soiled gloves by..." Porphyria removing her soiled gloves can show she has cast her other feelings that she felt towards any other lovers away. Another, yet significant symbol of her gloves could be that she is loose. She can just go with anyone as a glove fits a hand; it's not the hand that fits the glove. The use of Porphyria's hair as a symbolic meaning could mean that her beauty, in the end, was a danger to herself: "...and let her damp hair fall" Her beauty and her hair was dangerous to herself from the beginning, Porphyria has so many lovers due to her grace and seductiveness that in the end she was bound to meet her end by one of them. Another use of her hair could be to represent that she would die soon, as your hair grows from the roots it's considered dead from there on, this could show that Porphyria had a certain length to her life from her hair. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jay Shukla 10K4 07/05/2007 Ms Ola Dimeji ...read more.

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